Letter written to "Friend Quilty" from Hibbard [Phelps?]. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. Help us improve our transcriptions! If you see an error, email us at email@example.com .
Pay Department U.S.A. Hilton Head S.C. Feb. 10. 1865
Friend Quilty I received your letter of Nov. 28th in due time. Ever since I last wrote I have kept my eye peeled for a situation for you but have not succeeded. In the mean time any quality of good situa- tions have been offered here, but no one wishes to engage a clerk who is north, as such a long time must elapse before he can get here. If you had been here you could have got fity places. Since the occupation of Savannah a great many paying situations have been created, but everything is on such a high pressure system here that three weeks cannot be lost in getting clerks who are already north. I am very sorry that
you are not here. I have sometimes been tempted to write advising you to come down and run your chances but I am afraid it would be too uncertain. You would need to start with at least $200. and then you might not succeed in getting a place for some time, and living here is very expensive. I am very sorry that you failed to come on Capt. Champlin’s request. I am getting along finely. the work has been very light this winter and excitement has been at a high pitch. Sherman has moved on and is devastating So. Carolina, We hear that he has taken Branchville, the connecting link between Augusta and Charleston. When Charleston falls come down if not before. The fates have not yet informed me how long I am
to remain here, though I hope we shall be ordered north as early as April or May. Write me and inform me of your schemes and enjoyments. Most Truly yours E Hibbard Phelps